Hotel Barge Scottish Highlander - Barging in Scotland -

Cruising the Caledonian Canal of Scotland

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For a magical barge holiday, Scotland is hard to surpass. We cruise sedately through the Great Glen between Inverness and Fort William, navigating beautiful lochs and the engineering masterpiece that is the Caledonian Canal. Ancient castles perched on the water’s edge, heather-clad hillsides and arguably the finest inland cruising in the world offer our clients unforgettable experiences on a handpicked barge holiday in Scotland. Scotland’s legends of the past, the taste of single malt and the mythical inhabitant of Loch Ness all contribute to a magical charm only experienced in the dramatic Highlands.

At 117 feet long, Barge Scottish Highlander is spacious and has every comfort needed for enjoying the magnificence of the Highlands during Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Scottish Highlander moored at Urquhart castle
Hotel Barge Scottish Highlander moored outside of Urquhart castle.

Scottish Highlander has the atmosphere of a comfortable Country House with subtle use of tartan furnishings and landscape paintings, a reminder of the spectacular surroundings to be seen on your voyage.

Accommodation for eight guests is provided in three twin/double staterooms and one larger twin/double junior suite, each one centrally heated and with en suite facilities.

Relax in the warm and welcoming saloon which features rich-colored wooden paneling, large picture windows and comfortable leather Chesterfield sofas... perhaps with a mellow, singlemalt whisky from the very well-stocked bar.

There is a cosy observation area behind the wheelhouse where you can admire the passing scenery and chat to the Captain about life on the Caledonian Canal and its interconnecting lochs. On the forward deck area, there is more seating where you can take in the far-reaching views and take photographs as Scottish Highlander plots her course past landmarks such as Urquhart Castle perched alongside Loch Ness.

A six-night cruise includes all meals, open bar, daily escorted excursions, local transfers and use of barge facilities such as bicycles. Cuisine is traditional Scottish fare -- salmon, game and seafood, prepared by your own Master Chef. The experienced crew of four will take care of your every need.

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